Conditions of Service for Academic and Research Staff

All appointments are subject to :

  • proof of entitlement to work in the UK
  • receipt of satisfactory references,
  • satisfactory completion of a 6 month probationary period,
  • sight of relevant certificates.

Certain appointments are subject to :

  • satisfactory checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Place of Work

You will be based at one of the BSU sites but you may be required to work in any of the University's sites.


The post is offered on an academic grade and all staff are paid monthly by direct credit transfer. Increments are awarded on 1 August each year (if you have completed 6 months service in the grade) until you reach the maximum point on the scale.


A full time employee receives 35 working days holiday per annum, plus statutory Bank Holidays, plus days when the institution is closed in the interests of efficiency. These figures are pro rata for part time staff.


As a teacher you will be entitled to participate in the Teachers' Superannuation Scheme. The contribution from yourself will be a percentage of your full-time equivalent salary, in accordance with the following table (as at 1 April 2013). The University also makes a contribution.

From 1 September 2013 the University will be subject to auto-enrolment legislation and should you be an eligible job-holder at or after that date you will be automatically enrolled into a suitable pension scheme even if you have previously opted out.

Sick Absence and Pay

In the event of any absence due to sickness or injury or any other cause, you should contact your line manager on the first day of absence and advise them of the cause of your absence and its likely duration. If you are absent for more than 7 days you must submit a fit note to cover each day of your absence until you return work. Occupational sickness payments are dependent on your length of service.

Termination of Employment

After completion of your probationary period you will be required to give two calendar months notice in writing to the institution.

Fixed term staff

If your post is fixed term and subject to external funding, your contract may be terminated before the completion of the fixed term if funding ceases. If your contract is fixed term for other reasons your contract will cease at the end of the fixed term with no further notice.

Equality and Diversity

The University is committed to promoting equality and to providing an environment of sensitivity and tolerance.

Exclusivity of Service

External work, which is supportive of your professional responsibilities is encouraged by the University, however this must not interfere with the performance of your professional responsibilities or compete or conflict with the interests of the University and must be agreed by Human Resources prior to commencement.

Confidential Information

You shall not, during or after your employment, except as authorised by the University, use for your own benefit or gain or divulge to any persons, firm, company or any other organisations whatsoever any confidential information belonging to the University or relating to its affairs or dealings which may come to your knowledge during your employment. This restriction does not apply to information or knowledge which subsequently comes into the public domain.

Compulsory Training

Staff who teach and do not hold a PGCE, Cert Ed or equivalent will be required to either:

  • undertake the Certificate in Professional Learning in Higher Education (CPLHE) or
  • if you have 2 years or more full time equivalent teaching experience accredit your practice through the HEA fellowship application process. Staff employed on Research Contracts may complete this Certificate if they wish.

Research and Scholarly Activity

Academic and Research staff will be expected to engage in research. The nature and extent of Research and Scholarly Activity for Academic staff will vary with the nature of the subject(s) you teach and the full range and balance of your duties and commitments.

Patents and Inventions

Any matter or thing capable of being patented under the Patents Act 1977, made, developed or discovered by you either alone or in concert, whilst in the performance of your normal duties, duties specifically assigned to you or arising out of anything done by you, shall be disclosed by the University and subject to the provision of the Patents Act shall belong to and be the absolute property of the University.


Any work or design compiled, edited or otherwise brought into existence by you as a scholarly work (books, contributions to books, articles and conference papers) produced to further your professional career shall belong to you. Material produced by yourself for personal use and reference, including as an aid to teaching, shall belong to you. Course materials produced by you for the purposes of the curriculum of a course run by the University, produced, used and or disseminated by the University shall belong to the University. This also applies to the outcomes of research specifically funded and supported by the University. All record, documents and other papers which pertain to the finance and administration of the University which are acquired by you shall be the property of the University.

Last updated May 2013